Tea People

Meet Lydia Kung, Global Tea Championship Judge

Lydia Kung owns VeriLeaf Fine Teas. As a tea importer, she samples teas on a daily basis. She has a passion for tea’s traditions and surprises. Tea can still astonish and reveal new characteristics and this is what makes tea special to Lydia. She will apply her diverse tea knowledge as a judge in...

Souvia Focuses on Community as Arizona Oasis

On a “mission to slow Americans down one sip at a time,” Souvia tearoom owner Olivia Wingert offers a tearoom of respite in north-central Phoenix, Arizona, that features high-quality tea, education and place for people to gather and connect as a close-knit community. Souvia was founded in 2006 by Wingert, who moved to Arizona...

Twinings Tea Heir Announces New Varieties

Stephen Twining, a 10th generation Twinings tea heir, recently informed the business world of what tea lovers already know, “it helps you cope better with the day.” Twining spent five minutes on the Jan. 24 WSJ Lunch Break segment to talk about British tea culture, offer steeping tips, and share his opinions about use...

International Tea Sippers Society: More Than a Beverage

The International Tea Sippers Society has developed a clever new means of inviting tea drinkers to become specialty sippers. Nationally known book author Babette Donaldson is producing 15-minute audio recordings relating the personal stories of tea people “who demonstrate great diversity in the industry.” “Not just the best known and most beloved, but also...

Specialty Tea Pioneer David Walker

Just over a year after we lost John Harney and months after we said goodbye to Steven Smith, the tea world must now bid farewell to another respected and well-regarded specialty tea pioneer, David Walker. Walker, 72, was known for his kindness, generosity and his tremendous knowledge of tea from garden to cup. Born...

Tea Blogging Takes Stage at WTE

Eight years ago when I started my tea blog there were a small number of us out there, sharing our thoughts on and knowledge about tea, reviewing products and hoping to find a community of people who were equally enthusiastic about tea. In the years that followed, blogging has come into its own. More...